Friday, April 7, 2017


THEME: Romanian fairy tale „Techirghiol“ inquiry-based learning activity

CHILDRENS AGE: 6-7 years

  • The child is able to cooperate and make group work.
  • The child get knowledge of Romania land and culture, flag and coat of arms, the environment, traditional music.
  • The child can make experiment and knows how to use magnifying glass.
  • The child is able to predict and write down features of the observed objects, knows adjectives.
  • The child experiences success.

Finds in the forest a natural material that can be used as a tool
Can mold clay, using the tools.
Can the experience of success.

Material FROM of Romania: land, flag, coat of arms, the location on the map, the distance between us. Etc. Music and
White and blue clay powder, brushes, water, glass cup, a spoon, a magnifying glass, pencil,s paper, crayons.

We became familiar with Romania land and culture through the internet. We learned that 30% of Romania is covered by the mountains, there flows The River Danube, the mineral resources like natural gas and oil are found from the. National flower is dog-rose (Rosa Canina). We have looked at the land flag and we compared the flag and emblems of Estonia. The children especially liked the eagle on the coat of arms. Each child drew the Romanian flag when in the background Romanian traditional music was playing - and .

Now the teacher read the Romanian fairy tale to the children. After followed discussion about the story – friendship, old man and donkey and so on. Since the children hadn´t had contact with mud treatment, we used clay to do an experiment.

Experiment - group work:
The children are devided into two groups (teams). The children choose team leaders among them. The team leader task is to monitor saftey (that the bowl doesn't drip over) and order in the table. The saftey rules are repeated!
The team leaders choose helpers and they also had to decide on appropriate name for the group (one group called Lotte – character from Estonian childrens book – and other team was called Eagle). One of the helpers is chosen to write everything down, other helper to assist on pouring water and mixing clay powder in the bowl.
At first the children examine the clay powder with the magnifying glasses and try to guess what it is. One of the helpers is writing down what they see.
The other helper pours water to the powder. Together with the team leader they mix it as long as there is mass of clay. Now the children examine the mass of clay. And one of the helpers is writing down what they see, smell, feel on the word maps (smell of clay, gray, bubbles, liquid, smooth, cold, soft etc.).
Now the team leader asks somebody to volunteer for the clay treatment. For that the leader covers friend's hand with the mass of clay, using brush for that. Then they examine what happens with the clay on hand and how it feels. The children found that the clay started to change color and it gets warm and squeeze. From that they made the conclusion that this heals.